Recreation volunteers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience that support MPRB programs and events. They help provide opportunities for people play, learn, and grow.

Youth Sports Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for youth sports programs throughout the city.

Tee Ball

April-June, ages 5-8

Girls’ Softball

April-June/July, ages 9-18


April-June/July, ages 9-18

Track & Field

April-June, ages 9-18

Recreation Program and Event Opportunities

There are a variety of ways to get involved at our Recreation Centers and with events happening in the parks, citywide.

Adaptive Swim Lesson Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist trained swim instructors in providing adaptive swim lessons for youth and adults at Phillips Aquatic Center. Volunteers should bring a swim suit and towel, have a comfort in water, have a positive and helpful presence and be able to take direction from the lifeguard on recognizing safety hazards. Orientation will be provided by MPRB Aquatics staff.

Sessions are set to run January-March on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:45 pm and Fridays from 10:15 am-12:15 pm. Volunteers can choose to sign up for either Wednesday or Friday sessions.

Little Free Library Stewards

We are looking for volunteers to help care for and monitor the Little Free Libraries at Minneapolis Parks! The primary role of a Little Free Library Steward is to care for one (or more) of the Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis Parks so that it becomes and continues a long life as a vital, engaging resource for the neighborhood or community.

This program began through a Minneapolis Parks Foundation partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. For more information and to find other ways to support this program, please visit:

Track & Field Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist staff at MPRB youth track & field meets. No prior experience is required. Duties may include setting up/taking down equipment, measuring jump/throw distances, organizing runners at the starting line, timing races, recording marks/times, replacing crossbars at high jump, raking sand pits, etc. This volunteer opportunity can accommodate individuals or groups up to 10 people.

Meets are Thursday evenings, 5:30pm-8pm, May – June. Registration is required for all volunteers. Park staff will train and work with volunteers.

Helpful Links

  • For more information: Our Volunteer Handbook [PDF] provides an introduction to the Minneapolis Park System and includes volunteer-related policies, procedures and work rules.
  • Application: All recurring/ongoing volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application online or as a printable PDF before they begin their volunteer duties

Do you have a skill that you would like to share? Tell us about it by filling out the Volunteer Application online or as a printable PDF.

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